Though the Albiceleste have not been exceptional, they’ve not been on their A game either. Gerardo Martino is blaming fatigue.
He says the copa america began before his squad could rest from their respective European duties.
Martino, whose side face Jamaica in their final Group B clash on Saturday, says the lethargy late in games comes from having played so much football prior to the tournament in Chile.
“It is very possible that we are lacking a bit of fitness and that is why we have been unable to complete matches,” the former Barcelona boss told a news conference in Vina del Mar.
“The players arrived having played with 50 to 70 matches under their belts and we had only a week to prepare for the tournament. We can do little more than just take care of them.
“Also, when your intention is to always play with the ball as we do, with a high pressing approach and mobile attitude, this requires significant energy.”
Argentina have already qualified for the quarter-finals and currently top Group B, but Martino is eager for them to end the phase with a convincing performance and a victory in order to clinch top spot.
“I would like us to play as we did for the first 60 minutes against Paraguay and the first 70 against Uruguay,” he said. “The cycle has just begun and we need to display a certain hunger since a win alone might not be enough.”